1st Stop Iceland – Hiking Grábrók Crater

When Florence and I planned our road trip around the Ring Road of Iceland, like many, we decided to start in Reykjavik and follow Highway #1 in a clockwise direction. As we had picked up the camper van towards the end of the day, we needed a place not too far outside of Reykjavik to make our first stop.

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you know I’ve been to Iceland once before. You also know that I am absolutely obsessed with volcanoes from reading “Why on Earth Would I Want to Go to Iceland?” which I wrote just a few years ago. Since Grábrók craters are located literally right along side Highway #1 and only about 1hr and 24minutes drive North of Reykjavik, this seemed like the ideal place to get out of the van, enjoy a bit of sunset, and look at some pretty darn cool volcanic structures!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

State of Mind: Relax. 

Reading Jockey's Ridge

Florence relaxing by reading a book in the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park, NC, while I run around playing with my camera in the sand.

Jockey’s Ridge truly is a one-of-a kind travel destination on the East Coast of the USA.

Road Trip: Iceland — Planning and Prepping the Camper

Iceland Road Signs

When I first started this blog, the whole reason was that I was heading to Iceland. I was so excited to be visiting another country by myself. The point of my.travel.map was originally to keep my family and friends up to date with what I was doing on my short journey for a college spring break, after all, they couldn’t seem to understand why I wanted to go to Iceland for spring break in the first place (reason #1 why I went alone). Now that I’ve come back to this blog, I’m excited to say that I’ve returned to Iceland, this time with my fiancé, Florence, for a road trip around the Ring Road over the course of 10-days! My next few posts will be the details of this trip, along with stories and photographs from the journey around Iceland.


I’m lucky in the fact that I’ve found someone to spend the rest of my life with who loves adventure. When I brought up the idea of going to Iceland Florence didn’t even bat an eye before she said yes. And when we came across the idea of renting a camper van (or is it a flower delivery truck? We’ll let you decide) the first thing that she said was “HELL yes!” It was at that moment that we decided to circumnavigate the entire country by following the Ring Road.

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Backpacking the Goat Rocks Wilderness

Backpackers Following the Trail hiking toward Mount Rainier in the distance of the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

If you’re into wilderness backpacking and you have not been to the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington State, you’re missing out. It is potentially the best backpack I have ever been on (and that includes the one I did in Patagonia, Argentina!). Here, you’ll find long-distance hikers trekking along the Pacific Crest Trail, endless mountain vistas, vast expanses of alpine wildflowers that seem endless before your eyes, and incredible views of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and even frozen lakes.

Time of Year: Due to the elevation of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, it is recommended to begin your backpack in July. Otherwise, many mountain-side traverses will still be covered in snow and additional safety equipment will be required.

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A Backpacker Treks Past Mt. Rainier in the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

You May Be Tempted To Camp Here…

Maple Camp Bald - Mt. Mitchell, NC

You may be tempted to camp here…

I know I was, and I did. But what really makes a good campsite? Is it the gorgeous once-in-a-lifetime evening light views? Is it the view of the hidden city-lights as they pop-up all over the valley like fireflies in the distance when the sun goes down? Or is it the fact that you’re simply looking for a spot on the mountain, perched up high on the ridgeline so that you can overlook everything below while thinking, “One day, all this will be mine…” in a voice that sounds eerily like Mufasa’s from The Lion King?

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Blogger Shout-Outs!

This morning I’d like to send a few shout-outs to fellow bloggers and internet friends. While I have been away wandering on the road traveling, living like a bum in the wilderness without technology, and basically finding any excuse to remain separated from the constant chaotic motions of the “real” world, these bloggers have been nice enough to nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award; an award created by bloggers for bloggers as a way to share the works of others with more of the blogging community. I highly appreciate every single time someone likes my.travel.map enough to offer a link to me from their site; a place that is certainly very personal and important to them. I thank each and every one of you for accepting my.travel.map as deserving of this nomination and, more importantly, deserving of a recommendation from your own blog.

Lushlili http://lushlili.com/ – A well-written blog about fashion and a good place to go to find tips on savings.

Jeff Sinon Photographyhttp://jeffsinonphotography.wordpress.com/ – An amazing artist whose nature photography inspires me every time I look at his blog. Check this out, it is very much worth it!

Adventure-mumhttp://adventure-mum.com/ – A very well-rounded blog offering stories and photographs from some amazing travel destinations that are well worth reading. Plus, a genuine love for elephants, what more do you need?

The Eco and The Idhttp://ailsapm.wordpress.com/ – A blog about gardening, nature, photography, and wildlife. If you’re into any of these topics, click the link to the left and take some time to read through some fantastic articles and photographs.

Mother, Beader and Coffee Lover…http://jenbeads.wordpress.com/ – An honest blog about just about anything. Living life and loving life from a woman who seems to have done it all.

Of Making Sensehttp://cathyespiritu.wordpress.com/ – A young wanderer like myself, and a great writer. Constant blog updates and a great read.

On The Road Again – http://intherainandsun.wordpress.com/about/ – A travel blog full of stories and experiences from the road.

Becoming Madamehttp://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/about/ – A blog about what it is like to move to a new country and becoming a resident in that country (Paris, France in this case).

To see my post of acceptance of this award, and all of the rules that come along with it (7 random facts about me/ 15 blogger nominations) Click Here